Teenage Doll (1957)

67-68 or 71 mins | Drama | 22 September 1957

Director:

Roger Corman

Producer:

Roger Corman

Cinematographer:

Floyd Crosby

Production Company:

Woolner Bros. Pictures
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HISTORY

Teenage Doll begins with the following written foreword: "This is not a pretty picture...it could not be pretty and still be true. What happens to the girl is unimportant...What happens to the others is more than important; it is the most vital issue of our time. This story is about a sickness, a spreading epidemic that threatens to destroy our very way of life. We are not doctors...we can offer no cure...but we know that a cure must be found..."
       Although the onscreen cast credits read "Introducing June Kenney," Teenage Doll was not her first film. The film's pressbook and also the Var review list Robert Kinoshita as art director and credit Harry Reif with set decoration, although neither were credited onscreen. HR news items add Joe Kelsay and stunts supervisor Bill Chaney to the cast, but their appearance in the released film has not been verified. According to a modern source, the film was released to television as The Young Rebels . A modern source states that Ed Nelson also played a blind man whom "Barbara" ... More Less

Teenage Doll begins with the following written foreword: "This is not a pretty picture...it could not be pretty and still be true. What happens to the girl is unimportant...What happens to the others is more than important; it is the most vital issue of our time. This story is about a sickness, a spreading epidemic that threatens to destroy our very way of life. We are not doctors...we can offer no cure...but we know that a cure must be found..."
       Although the onscreen cast credits read "Introducing June Kenney," Teenage Doll was not her first film. The film's pressbook and also the Var review list Robert Kinoshita as art director and credit Harry Reif with set decoration, although neither were credited onscreen. HR news items add Joe Kelsay and stunts supervisor Bill Chaney to the cast, but their appearance in the released film has not been verified. According to a modern source, the film was released to television as The Young Rebels . A modern source states that Ed Nelson also played a blind man whom "Barbara" encounters. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
12 Oct 1957.
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Daily Variety
9 Oct 1957
p. 3.
Film Daily
31 Oct 1957
p. 8.
Hollywood Reporter
25 Feb 1957
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
28 Feb 1957
p. 6, 8.
Hollywood Reporter
1 Mar 1957
p. 19.
Hollywood Reporter
18 Mar 1957
p. 14.
Hollywood Reporter
9 Oct 1957
p. 3.
Los Angeles Times
25 Jun 1958.
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Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
7 Dec 1957
p. 634.
Variety
16 Oct 1957
p. 6.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
A Woolner Bros. Production
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Exec prod
Assoc prod
WRITER
Orig scr, Orig scr
PHOTOGRAPHY
Photog
Key grip
Stills
FILM EDITOR
SET DECORATORS
Set dresser
Prop master
Set dec
MUSIC
SOUND
MAKEUP
Makeup
PRODUCTION MISC
Prod mgr
Prod asst
STAND INS
Stunts supv
DETAILS
Release Date:
22 September 1957
Production Date:
began 28 February 1957 at Ziv Studios
Copyright Claimant:
Allied Artists Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
18 September 1957
Copyright Number:
LP8981
Physical Properties:
Sound
Westrex Sound
Black and White
Widescreen/ratio
1.85:1
Duration(in mins):
67-68 or 71
Length(in feet):
6,120
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
18559
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

After middle-class, eighteen-year-old Barbara Bonney becomes involved with Eddie Rand, leader of the Vandals gang, Nan Baker, a member of the Black Widow gang, meets with Barbara to determine which one of them will be Rand's girlfriend. During their encounter, a fight ensues and Nan accidentally falls from a rooftop. Her body, along with Barbara's bracelet, is found in an alley by Helen and several other members of the Black Widows. Hel convinces the other members: Squirrel, Lorrie, May and Betty Kern, that Nan's death must be avenged. Certain that Barbara will seek help from Rand, Hel decides to offer Rand money to turn Barbara over to them. The members of the Black Widows then go to their respective homes to look for money or items they can barter. Upon returning home, Squirrel, an Hispanic girl also known as Eva, takes money from the cash register of her parents’ modest restaurant; Lorrie, a cruel psychotic, takes money sent by her father to support her younger sister, who lives in squalor and hunger; May fights with Janet, her older sister who is “dating” her much older employer; Hel finds her father in a tryst with a young woman while her mother is out working to support him; and Betty, the daughter of police officer Phil Kern, takes his revolver while he is asleep. Meanwhile, a very frightened Barbara has returned to her home but relates nothing of the evening’s events to her parents. The police, including Betty’s father, are summoned to the alley and Kern tells Det. Dunston, who is leading the investigation, that he recognizes the dead girl as a friend of his daughter. The Black Widows have gathered ... +


After middle-class, eighteen-year-old Barbara Bonney becomes involved with Eddie Rand, leader of the Vandals gang, Nan Baker, a member of the Black Widow gang, meets with Barbara to determine which one of them will be Rand's girlfriend. During their encounter, a fight ensues and Nan accidentally falls from a rooftop. Her body, along with Barbara's bracelet, is found in an alley by Helen and several other members of the Black Widows. Hel convinces the other members: Squirrel, Lorrie, May and Betty Kern, that Nan's death must be avenged. Certain that Barbara will seek help from Rand, Hel decides to offer Rand money to turn Barbara over to them. The members of the Black Widows then go to their respective homes to look for money or items they can barter. Upon returning home, Squirrel, an Hispanic girl also known as Eva, takes money from the cash register of her parents’ modest restaurant; Lorrie, a cruel psychotic, takes money sent by her father to support her younger sister, who lives in squalor and hunger; May fights with Janet, her older sister who is “dating” her much older employer; Hel finds her father in a tryst with a young woman while her mother is out working to support him; and Betty, the daughter of police officer Phil Kern, takes his revolver while he is asleep. Meanwhile, a very frightened Barbara has returned to her home but relates nothing of the evening’s events to her parents. The police, including Betty’s father, are summoned to the alley and Kern tells Det. Dunston, who is leading the investigation, that he recognizes the dead girl as a friend of his daughter. The Black Widows have gathered two hundred and sixteen dollars and the gun, but before going to the Vandals’ clubhouse, Hel decides to look for Barbara at her home. When her father answers the door, Barbara signals to him to say that she is not there, then slips out the back door. The gang sees her, however, and chases her until she hails a passing taxi to take her to the Vandals' clubhouse, where she tells the sadistic, unsympathetic Rand about the accident and begs for his help. Rand agrees to help her escape to Phoenix the next morning, but becomes worried when he learns that the Black Widows and their brother gang, The Tarantulas, may come to the clubhouse looking for Barbara and orders The Vandals to prepare for a rumble with them. Rand, to whom Barbara has simply been a plaything, tells her that she has done the worst thing anybody can do--she has stepped out of her class. When Hel and the others arrive quietly at the clubhouse, located in an auto wrecker’s yard, they see the Vandals preparing for a battle, and Hel sends Squirrel to summon The Tarantulas. Barbara is left inside, guarded by a psychotic gang member, Wally, who at first appears sympathetic to her, but then attempts to assault her. Meanwhile Kern and Dunston visit Barbara’s parents and after her mother informs them of her daughter’s involvement with Rand, Dunston arranges for several police units to converge on the auto wrecker’s yard. Just as the rumble begins, Barbara escapes from Wally by hitting him with a bottle, but is recaptured by the female members of The Vandals, who are then attacked by the Black Widows. Barbara again manages to escape and, while the police arrive and break up the fight, Rand runs off. Pursued by both the police and the Black Widows, Barbara hides in a warehouse where Rand finds her and offers to help. Barbara has learned her lesson, however, and after walking outside, collapses into Dunston’s arms. Despite Hel’s exhortations, Betty decides to leave the gang and returns the gun to her father, who embraces her. Squirrel also decides to quit and walks off into the night.
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